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Growing new echinaceas from seed?

Posted by slazin z8 BC (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 19, 12 at 22:15

Hi! I discovered a mail order source for seeds for almost all the new varieties of echinacea such as the Secret Series, and Hot Lava, Even Cheesier, etc, but I am really puzzled. I understand that seeds from these are sterile, and the plants are usually propagated by tissue culture. So how can someone have a business selling these seeds? Will they actually come true from seeds? Has anyone any experience growing these from seed?

Thanks for (perhaps) helping me not waste a lot of money! Or (perhaps) prompting me to go spend wayyy too much!

Sharlene


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RE: Growing new echinaceas from seed?

Hi Sharlene,

The Echinacea varieties you mentioned are 'PPAF'(plant patent applied for) or PP (plant patent). This means that asexual propogation (cuttings, root divisions) are legally prohibited. These varieties are most likely F1 hybrids...so to produce these varieties � given that asexual propagation is not allowed � one MUST buy the seed from the 'owner' of the variety.

The plants will probably produce seed, and it might germinate, but will likely not resemble it's parent. Seeds produced by an F1 hybrid (F2 � or the second generation of offspring from the intentional cross that created the F1) when grown out typically express a wide variety of traits. I say, go for it. If they make seed, grow it out and start your own selecting! Who knows...after a few generations you may have a beautiful, stable 'Sharlene's Secret' echinacea!

hope this helps,
winston


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